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Yahoo’s redesigned mobile search now looks like Google (of course)

It was an eccentric English writer named Charles Colton who coined the now famous quote, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Google must now really be flattered as erstwhile rival Yahoo has overhauled its mobile search site, now bringing the most relevant results (apparently, previously, they've been giving us irrelevant ones?) and actionable results, just like what Google has been doing for the past years. This search overhaul is currently for mobile devices and for US users only.

Google app update adds more voice commands, ‘Ok, Google’ Offline

Google has not officially released the Google App v4.8 but a new APK was sighted. The app was updated last Friday but it seems the official version has not yet been posted on Google Play. A recent APK Teardown gives us an idea of the new features and and some updates including new icons, reminders shortcut, local maps, Google Cast, voice commands for brightness and volume, insecure network warning, and “OK, Google” offline.

Google ending support for Android Developer Tools in Eclipse

It does look like Google is moving ever forward with Android, this time pointing app developers to its new Android Studio – released last year and has garnered the praise of a lot of developers who got on board. It was only a matter of time before older app development tools would have to be killed off, and that’s what’s happening to Android Developer Tools in Eclipse.

Google Drive update: multiple files interaction, new sharing interface

As businesses and individuals start adapting to the "cloud digital culture", cloud services like Dropbox and OneDrive need to up their game since competition will grow fiercer in the next few months. Google Drive is not one to be left behind of course and the newest update to their Android app brings you several features, including making it easier to send and receive multiple files, as bringing you a brand new and more convenient way of sharing files, both single and multiple ones.

Four more countries can now sell apps on Google Play Store

As Google Play Store continues to expand its territory and compete with its rivals specifically Amazon App Store, expect them to add even more countries to their list of those that can sell paid apps on their store. Today, developers from Azerbaijan, Iceland, Peru, and Yemen can now earn money by selling their apps and adding in-app purchases on the Google Play Store.

Google launches first ever street view of Yosemite’s El Capitan

One of the nerdiest things I do when I’m bored is to “travel” through Google Earth and Street View. It can be fun to go to view places I haven’t been or want to visit. For now, I’m content with Google bringing me to new places but someday, I will. Looks like I’ll be visiting more tourist spots as the search giant has recently launched Vertical Street View. It’s a new collection that features a vertical view of a mountain.

Cool new APIs out for Google Calendar, Google Maps

Google is pushing out some new APIs for app developers to play around with, this in relatively known and very much used app platforms like Google Calendar and Google Maps. The first API is for you to be able to attach files to Google Calendar entries, which sounds uber useful. The second one is for using Google Maps to present you with the perfect bike ride profile on an Android Wear platform, like a smartwatch.

Google Translate translates 100 billion words a day, says new ad

If you don't travel often, or you don't have friends from other countries, or you're just not inherently curious about other cultures and languages, then one of your least used Google products would be Google Translate. But if you're the opposite of all those, then you probably have a profound appreciation for this particular tool. A heartwarming new ad shows just how powerful this app can be, not just for knowing how to say "thank you" in 90 languages, but in various aspects of our lives.

Google rolls out free ad-supported version of Google Play Music

Google continues to push into the online streaming music space with its current vendor program-slash-offering Google Play Music. This competes directly with services like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes music store. To leverage itself, it has now created a free to use, free to download, ad-supported version of Google Play Music, much like how people use Spotify for free.